Little Big Horn and Red Lodge Ales

Day four of our journey began in Miles City and a beautiful morning. The storm clouds looked fantastic and made for great photos. As we headed across on I-94 I spotted a sign for the Little Big Horn battleground, so we made our first detour of the day. The signs were not very accurate, but due to another u-turn we soon came upon it. One thing my cousin and I both noticed was how solemn people seemed to be there. As we came into Billings my cousin asked if I had even been inside a Cabela’s Sporting Goods store. As …

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Photos from the Painted Desert

After leaving the meteor crater we headed towards the Painted Desert. The Painted Desert is the entry to Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. Since the day was drawing to a close and I have visited several petrified forests in the past, I decided that we would skip this one and just enjoy the beauty of the Painted Desert. I have seen it from the opposite side, but it was nowhere near as nice as this. After photographing the Painted Desert we headed on to Springerville, where we enjoyed a great meal at the Safire Restaurant & Lounge. They make most …

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Photos from Arches National Park

Our last day in Utah, we decided that we would go ahead and venture into Arches National Park. We had visited it last year, but Tanya’s storage drive failed and she lost a significant number of the photos she took. Since there was a threat or rain, the clouds were moving in; and while clouds can add an interesting perspective to photos, they also dampen the bright colors that might otherwise be available. Tanya said she just wanted to drive to the first arch, then we could leave. About three hours later we decided we really should head out before …

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Photos from Natural Bridges National Monument

I am not really sure what happened. The last I heard, we were going to Arches National Park. After all, that is why we stayed in Moab. Right? Apparently not. I guess Tanya was surfing Google images after we got settled in. She found a couple places we had not yet seen that appeared to be quite photogenic. The fact that it was a four hour drive each way mattered little. One of the locations was Natural Bridges National Monument. Discovered in 1883, it is Utah’s first National Monument. It is also a location that we will return to. In …

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Photos from the Grand Canyon

As we continued towards the Grand Canyon, we were given two options. Grand Canyon Village or Desert View. I did not know where I wanted to go. Desert View sounded cool, so I took the turn fully anticipating to go a few miles, then backtrack to Grand Canyon Village. As it turned out, the turn towards Desert View was definitely the right way to go. We just followed the road all the way around the park. Back to the Grand Canyon Photos Back to the Grand Canyon Photos

Video of Generals Highway in Sequoia

Video of the climb up Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park. This was taken on my ride there last Sunday. It was very cool as every time I went around a turn you could see just how high the road was climbing, and it provided a spectacular view. While I would have enjoyed having my girlfriend with me, I have a feeling her fear of heights would have resulted in her fingernails being permanently embedded in either me or the back seat of the Limited. Filmed with a ContourHD helmet cam.

Riding in the Giant Forest

As I mentioned the other day, I took a ride on the new H-D Limited to Sequoia National Park. Besides being home to Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states, beautiful rivers and bears, you will also find some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet. This video, taken with my ContourHD helmet cam, is of my ride through the Giant Forest. I do recommend clicking the settings for 720 and full screen. It is a pretty amazing place.

Photos of South Dakota Attractions

Photos From South Dakota, Day Two [adrotate group=”6″] Wall Drug, the Badlands, Bear Country and Mt Rushmore I have probably visited South Dakota ten times prior to this visit, but three places I never checked out were Wall Drug, Badlands National Park and Bear Country USA. Wall Drug is a tourist trap, but to be fair, they don’t gouge the visitor with their prices, so no complaints. I have always meant to visit the Badlands, but never got around to it. We left Wall Drug and headed the seven miles over to the park. I am not sure what the …

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Road Trip Day Five Photos

Road Trip Photos [adrotate group=”6″] Mesa Verde National Park Today’s photos are of Mesa Verde National Park. It is known for having some of the best preserved cliff dwellings that the Pueblo people used for 700 years. That is some endurable construction! It was cool seeing things that I have only seen pictures of. We needed to put some miles on, and we spent longer than anticipated at Mesa Verde, so we headed to Gallup, NM to hole up for the night. Just an FYI, starting Saturday, April 17, all National Parks will have free admission for a week. I …

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Days [adrotate group=”6″] Adventure in the Mojave Desert As we headed home from Las Vegas we decided to take a detour to one of California’s most overlooked destinations, Death Valley. Death Valley offers some amazing scenery along with its abundance of minerals. Traveling to Death Valley reminds me of what it might be like to visit another planet. [adrotate group=”1″]

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